To Accept or Not Accept: Questions You Need To Ask Yourself
They say that finding a full-time job can be a job in and of itself. From filling out numerous applications to fine tuning your resume and cover letter, the process is time consuming and can be pretty arduous. With the end goal of getting a job offer, you want to set yourself up for success through the process. Once you finally get the offer, another difficult decision takes place: to accept or not accept.
To make things easier, our friends over at TopResume recommend asking yourself a few questions to ensure that the job is the right fit. When you’re on the job hunt, especially when unemployed, it is very tempting to accept the first offer thrown your way. However, if you want to truly develop your career and be in the best situation, it is important to ask these questions. You can read the full article here.
“Am I Excited About The Job?”
If you’re not excited to wake up and go to work each day, then this may not be the job for you. Sure, we all have our ups and down some days are better than others, but if your work doesn’t excite you then it may be time for a change.
People change jobs all the time for various reasons. If you’re changing a job because your current company is a toxic environment, you must ask yourself if you’re truly excited about this new opportunity or if you’re changing jobs just for a change of scenery. If you’re accepting a new job just to get out of your old one, chances are you’ll be doing this process all over again sooner than later.
If you can answer “yes” when asking yourself if you’re excited about this job, the company, the people you’ll be working with and the potential, then you are on your way. If you hesitate, it is perfectly acceptable to wait for a job that excites you more.
“Will This Job Bring Me Closer To Achieving My Career Goals?”
When changing jobs, there are a lot of factors to consider, including: compensation package, commute time, company, etc. One of the most important factors, believe it or not, might not be the number of commas on your check. Instead, you must consider if the change of job will help you achieve your career goals, regardless of what they are.
This usually means that we don’t want to make a lateral move, meaning we leave one company for another with similar (or lesser) pay and title. There may be times when a brief side step, or step back, can help expedite your career growth, but these are important things to consider before making that leap. During the interview phase, it is common to get asked, “where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?” If taking a new job will not help you get to wherever that may be, you must ask yourself if it is really worth pursuing.
“Is There Room To Grow?”
Similar to asking yourself about your career goals, you must ask if there is room to grow within the company. More than likely you don’t want to work for a company in which there is no room for growth in terms of increased duties, role and compensation. If this is the case, you might find yourself falling into a “funk.”
If you find yourself feeling stuck in your role, you might end up looking for another new job. In order to avoid this from happening, you should ask what career growth looks like during your interview.
“Will This Job Make Me Happier?”
The average person changes jobs 10 to 15 times over the course of his or her career, according to The Balance Careers. Finding a new job because you’re unhappy in your current role is one of the most common reasons that people change jobs. Usually you can get a pretty good idea if the job will make you happier during the interview process; it is one of the times when you should trust your gut.
Considering the amount of time we spend at the office (nearly 1/3 of our lives), there should be some enjoyment in what you do. If you aren’t fulfilled at work beyond having it just “pay the bills,” the unhappiness will likely transfer into your personal life as well.
Accepting a new job is a big life decision, so it should not be taken lightly. Often an emotional time, it is common to get caught up in the excitement of getting a job offer and accept the first one presented to you. However, by asking yourself these questions, and the rest of TopResume’s recommendations, you can feel good about deciding whether or not to pursue this new opportunity.